New Year Honours List Recognition 

Three individuals from St John Ambulance, and the Order of St John, our parent charity, have been recognised for their work and achievements in the New Year Honours List.

Rodney Green, 61, from Leicester, is being made Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), Mrs Maureen Lewsey, 72, from Kent, is receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM), and Paul Harrison, from Richmond, is being made Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

PriorRodney Green, pictured, is Chair of St John Ambulance and Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John. Before joining St John in the voluntary role of Prior, he was Chief Executive of Leicester City Council between 1996 and 2008, which achieved several high profile successes and awards under his leadership. His public sector experience has been invaluable at the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John, and he has spearheaded initiatives to reform the governance of the organisation.

A privilege

Rodney Green said: 'It is a wonderful privilege to receive such an honour, particularly when it highlights the work of one of our most respected national charities, St John Ambulance. First aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved and is a vital skill all of us can learn. Our 40,000 volunteers give one million hours per annum to help people who need first aid to receive it from those around them.'

Maureen Lewsey has been a St John Ambulance volunteer since joining in 1960 as a Nursing Member. She has held many positions with the charity in Kent including County Training Officer and Commissioner. Since 2012 she has focused on organising the St John Fellowship in the county and is an active volunteer at her local unit.

Dedication to the volunteers

Maureen Lewsey said: 'This honour was really a surprise and I feel very humble. I have worked with St John Ambulance for most of my life and I have always believed that all the volunteers I have met, in whatever role, have been most important. This is a wonderful award and is accepted on their behalf. '

Paul Harrison receives his honour in recognition of his decades of volunteer work with the Metropolitan Police and St John Ambulance, where he helped to establish the Motorcycle Response Unit. He told the Brent and Kilburn Times: 'I regard it as an award for all my volunteer colleagues who give up their time to help others, often carrying out a difficult job under arduous conditions. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with them.'

 

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